'I'm not a political plant in the APS': former PM&C secretary Phil Gaetjens says his roles in Parliament were misunderstood

Doug Dingwall
By Doug Dingwall
Updated July 21 2022 - 7:00am, first published 5:00am
Former secretary of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, Phil Gaetjens. Picture: Elesa Kurtz

Former head of the Prime Minister's Department Phil Gaetjens has pushed back against claims he was a political actor in the public service, describing himself as a "public servant plant" in Parliament rather than a "political plant" in the bureaucracy.

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Doug Dingwall

Doug Dingwall

Public Service Editor

Doug Dingwall is The Canberra Times' Public Service Editor. He writes about government and federal politics, and edits The Public Sector Informant. He has an interest in integrity and industrial relations. Previously he worked at The Examiner in Launceston, where he won a Tasmanian Human Rights Award in 2016 for his reporting. Contact him on doug.dingwall@canberratimes.com.au